Masked Gunman Robs Cambridge Trust Co. Twice in Past Month

June 14, 2011
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-By Dan Murphy The Cambridge Trust Company at 65 Beacon St. was robbed by a masked gunman twice in the past month, police said. On June 2 at about 5 p.m., a male suspect, dressed in a mask and jumpsuit, entered the bank, brandished a handgun and demanded money. The suspect fled on Beacon...

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The Rev. John Unni Sets a Wonderful Precedent

June 14, 2011
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Father John Unni delivered a homily of historic proportion for a Catholic church in Boston at Sunday’s Mass at St. Cecilia’s Church in the Back Bay, The homily supported St. Cecilia’s gay and lesbian churchgoers as members of the much larger and more diverse congregation. Reverend Unni did not disappoint the men and women...

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Congressman Anthony Weiner

June 14, 2011
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New York Congressman Weiner has apparently checked himself into a rehab of some kind to give him counseling on how to better control himself from doing the kinds of things he has been doing. He has basically ruined his life and has shown himself to be damaged material. What he did is not normal....

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Police Briefs 06-14-2011

June 14, 2011
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Robbery – Bank 06/02/11 – A male suspect robbed a Beacon Street bank at gunpoint at around 5 p.m. The suspect fled the area with an undetermined amount of U.S. currency. Rape 06/05/11 – A female victim reported while walking on Cambridge Street at around 1:45 a.m., two male suspects grabbed her. At that...

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From Nothing to Something – How BHV Made It Happen

From Nothing to Something – How BHV Made It Happen

By Karen Cord Taylor Entrepreneurship is trendy these days. It requires innovation. Everyone wants to be the person who takes an idea, gets it going, and comes out a winner. Downtown Boston has such a winner. Beacon Hill Village, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, serves 375 members 50 years or older who live...

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BHCA Zoning and Licensing Committee Votes Not to Opposed Head-house Proposed for 33 Branch St.

By Dan Murphy The Beacon Hill Civic  Association (BHCA) Zoning and Licensing Committee decided by a vote of 11-1-2 Wednesday not to oppose granting the zoning variances that would allow the owners of a single-family house at 33 Branch St. to build a head-house, with the stipulation that the new structure’s roof is opaque....

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Gas Lamps Going Green

The period gas lanterns that give so much charm to our neighborhood are now being fitted with automatic igniters that will cause them to go on only in the evenings at nightfall rather than flickering wastefully all day. The city will save approximately $140,000 a year in fuel costs for the 2,800 lamps which...

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The Budget

Mayor Menino has presented his $2.4 billion Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2012 and he has also presented a five year $1.7 billion Capital Plan, including $168.7 million in new FY 2012 project authorizations. He has presented this to the Boston City Council. Every important base in a big city budget is tweaked and...

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Police Briefs 06-07-2011

Larceny from a Motor Vehicle 05/25/11 – A victim reported her 2005 Volvo S80 parked had its front driver’s side window broken and a plastic radio holder was removed while the vehicle was parked on Lime Street between 8 p.m. and 6:20 a.m. Larceny/Shoplifting 05/30/11 – A male suspect stole a pair of white...

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Joint Charles Street Committee to Launch Tree-guard Pilot Program

Joint Charles Street Committee to Launch Tree-guard Pilot Program

-By Dan Murphy The Joint Charles Street Committee is launching a pilot program to install new tree-guards on Charles Street. Two metal guards, which will measure 66 inches long, 36 inches wide and 18 inches high, will be installed outside of tree pits at 119 and 143 Charles St. and modeled after an existing...

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Construction Workers Help Save Woman Pinned Beneath a Car on Charles Street

-By Dan Murphy A woman who was pinned beneath an unoccupied car on Charles Street Wednesday has alert construction workers working at a nearby site to thank for helping to rescue her. According to published reports, a BMW that was double-parked on Mt. Vernon Street rolled backwards about 200 yards at about 3:15 p.m.,...

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Much to look forward to

It was an America at peace with itself this long Memorial Day weekend. The kick-off to the Summer of 2011 went smoothly in New England and here in the Greater Boston area where the weather finally, fully, wonderfully cooperated, sending tens of thousands to our beaches and into the streets of our neighborhoods for...

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Police Briefs 05-31-2011

Breaking and Entering – Residence 05/20/11 – A victim reported her Chestnut Street basement apartment was broken into between 8 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. Golf clubs, jewelry and a laptop were removed from the apartment. Larceny/Shoplifting 05/22/11 – A Charles Street store reported a female suspect stole dresses and fled the area at around...

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MGH Official Provides Latest Update on Museum

MGH Official Provides Latest Update on Museum

-By Dan Murphy As the keynote of the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s 89th annual meeting last week, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Museum Director Peter Johnson provided an update on the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation. The 8,000 square-foot, two-story building, including a rooftop garden, is currently under construction at...

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Hill Resident Elected to UNICEF Board

Hill Resident Elected to UNICEF Board

Beacon Hill resident Alli Achtmeyer was recently elected as a member of the New England regional board for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, which raises funds, educate and advocate on behalf of the organization in the region. A native of Southern California, Achtmeyer moved to Boston after receiving a B.S. in political science. Her...

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Steve Young Elected Civic Association President

-By Times staff Steve Young beat challenger Rob Whitney in the election for president of the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) at the organization’s 89th Annual Meeting last week. Young, who was unanimously selected as the presidential candidate by the group’s Nominating Committee, garnered 117 votes while Whitney received 36 of the ballots cast,...

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FOPG Partners with City to Study Dog usage on Common

-By Dan Murphy Friends of the Public Garden is partnering with the city to survey dog owners on their usage of the Boston Common. Liz Vizza, executive director of the Friends group, said the survey would solicit input from dog owners in Beacon Hill, Back Bay and the Ladder District and include data gathered...

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The Weather

Cab drivers share cab stories. Cops trade cop stories. New Englanders talk about the weather. For the past ten days we have experienced nothing but rain, cold, dreariness and more dreariness. This spate of bad weather at a time when things are supposed to be looking up tends to bring down even the heartiest...

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Police Briefs 05-24-2011

Unarmed Robbery 05/11/11 – A victim reported he was standing in front of a Beacon Street building at around 1:37 p.m. when three male suspects approached him and grabbed his Sprint cell phone out of his hand before fleeing the area. Robbery/Firearm Bank 05/14/11 – A male suspect entered a Beacon Street bank at...

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A Beacon of Hope

A Beacon of Hope

Gael Mahony, the BHCA’s first president, receives the organization’s highest honor At its 89th Annual Meeting held last night at the Union Club, the Beacon Hill Civic Association honored an individual whose vision was instrumental in shaping our community more than 50 years ago and continues to guide us today. Gael Mahony, a ‘legal...

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Mass. Eye and Ear Honors Media Entrepreneur Norman Knight at Opening of Nursing Center

Mass. Eye and Ear Honors Media Entrepreneur Norman Knight at Opening of Nursing Center

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary nurses paid tribute to media entrepreneur Norman Knight at the opening of the hospital’s new Norman Knight Nursing Center in Boston.The benefactor was joined by his buddies Peter Smyth of Greater Media and wife Cathy, Carol Sawyer Parks of Sawyer Enterprises and Keith Leighton, lawyer Wendy Murphy, State Fire...

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The TEA Turns 10

Beginning with an effort to rebuild a dilapidated playground, a group determined to restore the Esplanade in its entirety formed The Esplanade Association (TEA) in 2001. Since then, TEA has been working to protect, restore and enhance this iconic century old park. With thanks to their many donors, volunteers, partner organizations and the Department...

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Gael Mahony Honored, and Rightfully So

This year’s 15th annual Beacon Award, given by the Beacon Hill Civic Association, went to Gael Mahony, the BHCA’s first president. Mr. Mahony for 50 years has been an inspiration to those he served with as well as a friend to the many people living on Beacon Hill. Over the years, his sage legal...

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Police Briefs 05-17-2011

Explosion 05/07/11 – Officers responded to a Joy Street manhole explosion at around 10:47 a.m. Homes in the area had their windows blown out.  Firefighters and NStar were on the scene. Assault and Battery 05/08/11 – A patron reported a staff member of a Charles Street pub punched him in the face at about...

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